The co-operative grades and
markets close to 3 million
pounds of raw wool each year;
the majority of this coming from
Québec, Ontario and Alberta.

Each of the three general
classes of wool
(fine, medium and coarse)
are sold wherever the
best prices are available.


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on your 
wool clip.

Guide for the care & handling of your wool clip

Printed copies also available upon request.



Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP)   


Regions for tag sales

Maritimes to Ontario (excluding Quebec) may purchase their tags from Carleton Place or Cookstown locations

Manitoba, Alberta & British Columbia are required to purchase their tags from our Lethbridge, Alberta branch location

Manitoba & Alberta residents must add their Premise ID number to the form during the check out process.

Saskatchewan residents are required to purchase their tags from the Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board (SSDB) at 306-933-5200 fax 306-933-7286 or email



CSIP guidelines as of January 1, 2014 - PDF downloads

Guidelines for Producers

Guidelines for Truckers

Guidelines for Packing Plants

Guidelines for Feedlots Operators

Guidelines for Livestock Dealers & Auction Marts


October 2014

Shearwell Data has introduced a new helpful website on the CSIP ASET tags - visit 



October 2013

Shearwell CSIP Double ASET Tags – Now Available

The Shearwell double ASET tag is now available for purchase through the Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers Limited.  Many CSBA members have been anxiously awaiting the approval of the Shearwell double tag due to its small size and excellent reputation for rate of retention.

CSBA members may use a double tagging system with two tags approved and bearing the official identification number under the Canadian Sheep Identification Program as an alternative for tattooing registered sheep.  While the option to use approved double tags in place of tattoos has been in effect since October 2006, only Allflex double tags were approved until now.

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May 2012

Update on Sheep Industry's Progress Towards Mandatory RFID Tags

In preparation for mandatory traceability in the livestock sector, the Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF), government and industry have been working together to add RFID tags to the list of approved CSIP identifiers. Click here for more information 


Mise a jour sur les progres realises par l'industrie due mouton en matriere d'etiquettes RFID obligatoires

Afin de permettre la traçabilité obligatoire dans le secteur de l'élevage, la Fédération canadienne du mouton (FCM), le gouvernement et l'industrie ont collaboré afin d’ajouter les étiquettes RFID (identification par radio fréquence) à la liste des identifiants approuvés par le Programme canadien d'identification des moutons (PCIM). Lire plus

For more information, please go to Canadian Sheep Breeders Association or Canadian Sheep Identification Program 


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Canadian Sheep Federation - step by step videos on tagging your animals using Shearwell & Allflex RFID tags. 

Videos - English   -   Français 




Alberta Lamb Producers -

Alberta Sheep Electronic Identification Incentive Program

Rules, Regulations & Application Form

(please call your local CCWG branch for pricing details)

CSIP approved tags - How to apply Shearwell tags

CSIP Approved Ear Tags

Shearwell Data Ltd Double ASET tags


Shearwell Data Ltd ASET tags

(20 tags per package) 

How to apply Shearwell tags

How to apply tags - change tag applicator jaws to the ASET design

FarmWorks Registration Form & basic setup

- PDF format

- MS Excel Format - (registration form only)

FarmWorks - User Guide


Shearwell tag support website -

Allflex RFID yellow button tags

(20 complete tags per package)

How to apply tags

Allflex RFID yellow button tags and dangle tags

(20 complete tags of both types per package)


British Columbia, Alberta & Manitoba producers contact:

CCWG Lethbridge, Alberta branch at 1-800-567-3693.

Saskatchewan producers contact:

SK Sheep Development Board  1-306-933-5200


Ontario producers contact:

CCWG Carleton Place, Ontario 1-800-488-2714

CCWG Cookstown, Ontario 1-866-458-4800


Atlantic producers contact:

Antigonish Farm & Garden Co-op, Nova Scoita



National Identification - CFIA Enforcement

The CFIA has been monitoring and enforcing compliance to this program over the last 11 months. Overall tagging compliance has been good. Since the summer, the CFIA has begun auditing producers' on-farm records. Each year, 1% of farms within each province will be audited by a CFIA inspector.

Sheep producers are required by law to comply with the following:

  • To apply the approved tags to all sheep and lambs before they leave your farm.
  • To keep records of all sheep or lambs entering your flock for breeding purposes.
  • To keep records of all sheep 18 months or older leaving your farm, other than those sold directly to a federally or provincially inspected abattoir. This includes animals leaving the premises temporarily (i.e. exhibitions, veterinarian clinic, community pastures).

The regulations also state:

  • If a tag is subsequently lost, you must immediately apply a new approved CSIP ear tag and record the identification number with as much information about the origin of the animal as is know.
  • It is illegal to remove or tamper with tags from any live animal for any reason.
  • Previously used tags should not be used to tag a different animal.

Identification of Sheep in Quebec

Questions & Answers

The only exception is that producers, who are shipping animals to Québec, must use the Allflex RFID tag in conjunction with either the Allflex dangle tag or the Ketchum tag as of January1, 2005.

For producers in provinces other than Québec you need to be aware of the regulations that are being implemented in Québec if you conduct business with producers and packing plants within that province. This has generated several common questions;

Q:      If I am transporting sheep through the province of Québec to another province do they have to be tagged with RFID tags?

A:      No. As long as the sheep are in transit through the province to a destination outside the province of Québec all that is required is the standard CSIP tag.

Q:      What happens if I sell a breeding ewe or ram to a producer in Québec?

A:      The animal must be identified with and RFID tag before it crosses the Québec border.

Q:      If I sell lambs direct to a packing plant in Québec what do I do?

A:      In order for the lambs to be accepted by a packing plant in Québec they will have to be identified with both an RFID tag and either a Ketchum Kurl-lock #3 CSIP tag or the Allflex CSIP dangle tag. Packing plants in Québec are not allowed to apply tags so it will be the shippers' responsibility to make sure that the lambs are tagged.

Q:      What happens if I ship lambs to a plant in Québec without the proper tags?

A:      It is an offence for either a trucker or a packing plant in Quebec to accept lambs not identified with adequate ID. You will not be able to sell these animals in Québec and will have to bring them home until they are tagged.

Q:      What happens if sheep I consign to a sale barn are bought by a Québec buyer for a Quebec packing plant?

A:      It is the responsibility of the transporter and the buyer to make sure that the sheep have the correct tags. They will have to ensure that the animals are tagged with CSIP RFID tags and this information is recorded and passed on the Agri-Tracabilite Québec (ATQ).

Q:      Do I have to tag my sheep with RFID if I am taking them to a livestock show in Québec and then bringing them home?

A:      Yes.

Q:      If I have sheep consigned to a breeding stock sale like the All Canada Sheep Classic that was held in Richmond, Québec in 2003 would the sheep have to be tagged with RFID?

A:      Yes.

Q:      Do I need to cross reference the Ketchum tags with the RFID tags that are also in my name?

A:      Yes. Individuals applying a new tag to an animal must cross reference the new tag number with the original tag number and keep a record.

For more information on RFID in Québec please contact the Canadian Sheep Federation at 1-888-684-7739 or Agri-Tracabilite Quebec (ATQ) at 1-866-270-4319.